Combined Independents Holdings Ltd – CIH – which is part of electrical buying organisation Euronics, has announced that Guy Kinnell has joined the company as deputy CEO and will be working closely with retiring CEO, Stuart Cook, as he moves from deputy CEO to CEO over the coming year to ensure a smooth operational transition and minimal disruption for the business.
Guy joins CIH from Samsung Electronics where he was Vice President of the TVAV division for the UK and Ireland. Prior to working within the consumer electronics industry, he operated in both regional and global commercial and marketing roles in the recorded music industry.
“This appointment is a perfect match for CIH and its members,” said CIH chairman, Steve Scogings. “Guy has extensive global, European, and country level leadership experience, covering sales, product development and marketing roles within a variety of fast-moving consumer-goods categories. During his tenure with Samsung, he has been responsible for the delivery of significant commercial, market leadership, category development and brand awareness goals. This has included retail and direct to consumer transformation initiatives not only in the UK but also in Europe and North America. He’s an impressive and determined character and we’re looking forward to the industry experience, the business know-how and the relationship-building skills that he can bring to CIH as we grow and move forward into the future.”
"I'm honoured to be in a position to support the future growth and transformation of such a diverse and quality membership,” adds Guy. “With quality leadership emanating from the board, kind ongoing support and insight from Stuart and strong recent trading performances, we have so much to be proud of, and to be inspired by, within the CIH family."
Stuart Cook will be scaling down his hours with the aim of taking full retirement in September 2021. Guy will report to Stuart during this interim period, and day-to-day operations for suppliers and members will remain unaffected.